This month has seen key events from the team at HMP Haverigg, helping to support our learners into employment on release, reducing the likelihood of reoffending.
The Dragon’s Den – pitching innovative ideas
Nine recent graduates of the Self-employment course at the prison took part in Haverigg’s own version of Dragons’ Den.
They were given three days, working in teams of three, to come up with a business idea, a thumbnail business plan, and a presentation. On the last day, they pitched their ideas to an assembly of ‘dragons’ which included representatives from the local council, Head of Reducing Reoffending, Novus colleagues, and real entrepreneurs who work with prisoners and ex-prisoners to help them to set up businesses.
We gave time for informal chats and learnings, alongside formal feedback on the pitches. Sadly, no money was forthcoming but it was a good opportunity for our learners to develop their skills and some of our ideas will be developed further in the prison, offering even more opportunities for self-development and the chance to learn new skills.
It was a really great opportunity to work together, pitching a business idea to a variety of people, including actual entrepreneurs, who took our learners seriously, which made them feel respected and like they can do it again in the future.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the event.
Greene King employment event
Novus and HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) also welcomed Lynne Kennedy from Greene King to HMP Haverigg this month.
11 men attended an information morning finding out about all the opportunities that Greene King offer on their #releasingpotential programme. Everyone that attended left inspired and those that are looking to be leaving custody soon will be supported into vacancies and referred to Only A Pavement Away for extra support.
Helping our learners to change their lives through education and employment is at the heart of what we do and it’s really great to be able to share these examples. Thanks go to Denise Fairhurst, Novus Employment Account Manager and the team at the prison for making this happen for learners.
If you are interested in employing prison leavers or getting involved in similar events, please get in touch on our work with us page.